What's the simplest, lightest wallet you've seen? How did it hold up to repeated use? How did it fit your cash as well as you cards? Do you continue to use this minimal wallet?
We pushed ourselves to take something as simple as the wallet - and make it simpler. That is Goods By ACE.
Using two layers of laminated nylon (in a rainbow of colors and patterns), we laser cut the patented shape to cauterize the ends, sewed on a woven ACE tag, and ship in an envelope! Its that simple.
As one of our most interesting and well thought out studio initiated project to date take a look through the gallery and let us know what you think.
When time allows, we're able to clear the tables and work on projects that have been living in the back of our minds. Two of those projects have been the lifestyle brand Blue Bear Outside, and the bag brand HELM. Where these explorations end up we don't know, but that's not the point... the point is to explore, improve our skills and create.
We at FLINT Design Studio were intrigued by the idea of creating a product that combined a specific material with a manufacturing process that would not coincide; in fact, would not be possible. The selected material would be maple, and the process would be injection molding.
Maple is a hardwood often crafted and shaped to reveal its natural grain, warm character, and beauty. It cannot be molded or melted down, forced through an extrusion, or cast. It must be cut, carved, machined, or sanded.
Injection molding is the process of heating a material until molten, and by applying immense pressure, forcing that material into all the spaces and crevices of a steel mold. These parts are usually plastic, light weight, ribbed to add strength, and marked with remnants of the small ports through which the molten material flowed.
The Grain Skateboard is made of maple hardwood, and has been CNC milled to create its form. It has been designed to mimic the manufactured aesthetic of an injection molded part. The combining of these two disparate elements offers an intriguing juxtaposition of material and process, natural and synthetic, expected and unexpected.